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Revisions eyed for Albany County Charter

Committee formed to tackle review commission recommendations

Albany County legislators have formed a committee to evaluate what recommendations from the Charter Review Commission’s report should be implemented.

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Ladies night

Saratoga Mom Prom lets women relive those magic moments of proms past while raising money for charity

While teens all over the Capital District are preparing for their high school proms, women of all ages have found a reason to relive their own prom memories and squeeze into their old satin and sequin-covered dresses for charity.

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Stars reach out

Three American champions, led by a 2014 Olympian, participate in Skate Fest

Ryan Bradley remembered what it was like for him to be a young figure skater and being introduced to some of the top professional skaters.

EDITORIAL: SAFE Act doesn’t make us feel safe

This editorial appears in the April 23 editions of Spotlight Newspapers.

Boys track: Colonie splits with Shen and Niskayuna

The Colonie boys track and field team split a Suburban Council duel meet with Shenendehowa and Niskayuna Tuesday in Niskayuna.

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Two arrested on charges of counterfeiting

On Wednesday, April 16, Sheriff Craig D. Apple reported the arrests of Levar J. Vanhosen and David C. King for their alleged involvement in a counterfeiting operation.

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On the road again

Shaker SADD group wins competition with their motorcycle awareness message

As warm weather finally arrives, many motorcycle enthusiasts are eager to hit the open roads, and after a long winter, Shaker High School students want to remind drivers they share those roads with two-wheeled vehicles.

State boosts road budget

Local towns to see additional ‘extreme weather assistance’

A harsh winter left many areas throughout Albany County with heavily damaged roads, prompting the state to funnel additional money to local municipalities to tackle surface and pothole repairs.

EDITORIAL: Walmart’s double-edged sword

This editorial appears in the April 16 edition of the Colonie Spotlight.

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Taking a flight to remember

Patriot Flight departs next month for a visit to the national WWII memorial in honor of D-Day anniversary

Dozens of World War II veterans are set to take a trip to Washington, D.C., to visit the WWII memorial on the 70th anniversary of D-Day next month.

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Shell shocked

Young and old are often surprised at what they learn at Troy’s Discovery Hall’s ‘Jewels of the Sea’ exhibit

Tucked between two walls on Second Street in Troy exists a little taste of nature. It is here where collector and curator, Ron Glasser keeps his collection of more than 1,000 seashells from all over the world.

Sports poll: Which girls lacrosse team will win the Suburban Council this season?

This sports poll question appears in the April 16 editions of Spotlight Newspapers.

State Police to conduct speeding crackdown

Weeklong campaign will also focus on aggressive and distracted driving

State Police will hold a “Speed Week” campaign from Thursday, April 17, through the following Thursday, which focuses on increased enforcement of speeding and aggressive driving violations. The campaign seeks to reduce speed-related crashes and improve traffic safety.

Colonie dump on track for expansion

No new costs for town as new cells to open in 2018 as planned

The Town of Colonie’s Solid Waste Management Facility is on track to open new cells in 2018 as planned.

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POV: Friends of Five Rivers seek donations

This guest commentary appears in the April 16 editions of Spotlight Newspapers.

Banks can be a positive tool when shaping kids’ relationship with money

Spotlight on Finance

According to the FDIC, nearly one-third of the U.S. population does not have a bank account or make regular bank-based financial transactions, such as check cashing, deposits or loans. The outcome for this percentage of people, which is greater than 100 million Americans, is predictable: higher fees to access important financial services while not developing the important history needed to qualify for a mortgage, secure a business loan or borrow for education. The truth about banks is this: they are an important tool for helping individuals build financial prosperity, regardless of income and age, and they should play a large role in the financial education of children.

LETTER: Disabled deserve more respect

This letter appears in the April 16 editions of Spotlight Newspapers.

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Inspired Raiders win

Carras’ presence helps Colonie romp past Ballston Spa

Following three consecutive losses to start the season, the Colonie girls lacrosse team drew inspiration from one of its former players to earn its first victory.

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State museum does the can-can

Annual Canstruction event moves up the national rankings

Engineers, architects and students from around the Capital District got together in a competition to construct displays out of canned goods to raise food and money for local food pantries.

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Colonie music programs hit a high note

Despite financial hardship, South Colonie’s music program remains competitive

Both Colonie school districts have been recognized nationally as some of the best communities in the country for music education programs.

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